Woman injured after falling 75 yards down snowfield in Telluride

TELLURIDE, Colo. — A female hiker fell and slid an estimated 75 yards down a snowfield while on the Wasatch trail near Telluride on Saturday, the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office said.

The 64-year-old California woman was hiking with her husband and their dog. The man told sheriff’s deputies that his wife fell and landed in the snow below.

Telluride EMS was paged just after 11 a.m. and a Careflight medical helicopter was launched out of Montrose.

The helicopter was able to land in a level field near Revelation Bowl and take the woman to St. Mary’s Hosptial in Grand Junction.

She suffered multiple traumatic injuries that are believed to be nonlife-threatening.

“Hikers and backcountry enthusiasts need to be aware that with above average snow last winter, there are steep, icy snowfields across trails above timberline,” incident commander Chris White said.

“Hikers should bring appropriate gear to cross and consider alternate routes if skill level is not adequate for the terrain.”